Quick Facts
Native to Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Kenya, Niger and West/Central Africa
Primary Diet Bark, bushes, cereals, fruits, grasses, leaves, roots, shrubs, and vines
Adult Weight 500 to 900 pounds
Lifespan 20 years
Status Near Threatened


The bongo is the largest and heaviest forest antelope. Both female and male bongos have spiraled, u-shaped horns that grow up to 40 inches long, which they keep their entire lives. Since they live in dense forests, the horns of bongos usually point backward, allowing them to better navigate their surroundings. One bongo here at the Zoo has crossed horns — see if you can spot it!


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Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country

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